An Atlanta-area vape shop is in full PR-recovery mode after one of their employees was filmed having a violent meltdown on Friday, reportedly triggered by a customer who supports the President of the United States.
The Xhale City Smoke & Vape clerk initially refused to serve customer Ian Ferguson, who was wearing Donald Trump campaign memorabilia when he came in to buy vape juice for his wife.
The clerk angrily rejected Ferguson, claiming he supported a racist president.
“F*** off,” the clerk said.
After a long and protracted verbal altercation (which involved the clerk swinging at Ferguson and one hilariously confused bystander observing the action), Ferguson convinces the clerk to sell him the juice so he can leave, promising he won’t have him charged for assault.
“God Bless America,” Ferguson said. “Capitalism wins again.”
Triggered beyond recovery at this point, the clerk goes bezerk.
“F*** your capitalism. F*** your f***ing president!” the clerk shrieked. “He’s a racist, stupid piece of sh*t. You’re a racist, stupid piece of sh*t.”
Now completely out of control, the clerk began throwing a temper tantrum that would make toddlers envious.
“F*** off!,” the clerk began screaming at the top of his lungs.
Posted to Facebook on Friday evening, the video spread faster than a California wildfire, and soon became a public relations nightmare for Xhale City.
Within a matter of hours, all of Xhale City’s social media pages and online reviews became inundated with criticism, forcing a complete and total social media blackout.
By 10:40 PM that night, Xhale City reported that they had fired the hysterical clerk.
“Tonight, we had an employee act improperly toward a customer,” the company wrote on Facebook. “Xhale City does not tolerate this kind of behavior from its employees. When we identified the employee at fault, we fired him immediately. We’ve also spoken to the customer and apologized. We value our clients and treat them with respect and dignity, regardless of their political views.”
On Sunday, Ferguson returned to Xhale City, who welcomed him with open arms and appeared in a second video. Hugging the owner of the store, Ferguson said he is a regular customer and has no ill feelings towards the store over the actions of one former employee.
“You can’t boycott this place,” he said. “It’s not their fault, they didn’t do it. All these people have bills and family, just like I do.”
The ex-employee has yet to be identified.
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